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David Bender on the Definition of "Personal Data"

A paper recently released by the EU sheds light on one of the most central concepts attendant to data protection -- the notion of what constitutes "personal data," which is the type of information protected by this genre of law. The paper, promulgated by the Article 29 Working Party, adopts a broad view of the term. David Bender, author of Computer Law, writes:


     The discussion and examples set forth in WP136 shed significant light on what the Article 29 Working Party (and probably most of the data protection authorities) views as included in the term “personal data.” Nevertheless, there is still much uncertainty attached to the term, and it will likely require more data protection authority activity and pronouncements to clarify the definition further.


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